And Now Is...
“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.”
The ‘now is’ for the individual who has trusted Christ as Savior. When we accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior, we were translated into a new life, the past is gone; the new has come (II Corinthians 5:17). We received the revelation that God is a God of the NOW! Everything we would ever need is already provided. We have access into the provision and receive it into our physical life by faith. Lord Jesus Christ, I am open and I receive the provision that belongs to me in the New Covenant. I receive it NOW with thanksgiving and praise. In Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.
Accepting the truth that God is our source for all things is the belief that we are living in the Spirit. We know we are living in the Spirit of God when we are aware of Him living in us. Living in relationship with God requires faith that works by love (Galatians 5:6).
Worshiping in the Spirit is to live in the Spirit (we have eternal life). We must understand how to walk in the Holy Spirit, which requires us to live a life according to God’s Word (Galatians 5:25). Worshiping God is more than music, praying or a church service, it is a life-style. Walking in the Spirit is action, pressing on, the willingness to change and giving thanks for all things. When we worship God in spirit and in truth, we are doing it from our hearts, out of the love for God.
Cultivating a spirit of thankfulness is more than a good idea, it is a commandment from God (I Thessalonians 5:18). Believers are instructed to be thankful in all circumstances, not allowing circumstances to cause us to cease giving thanks. Thankfulness is an attitude; it is a statement of our innermost being knowing that all things work together for our good (Romans 8:28). Discovering the joy and power of a thankful attitude comes from our learning experiences. Choosing an attitude of thanksgiving affects our outlook, disposition and relationship with others. We cannot always control what happens or what comes our way, but we can choose our attitude and response.
The Holy Spirit is our ability to be thankful in all things; this is worship to God. A thankful attitude and our spoken words of faith activate the Holy Spirit to provide the provision of God’s promises. Releasing the Holy Spirit to be our joy is the way of transformation and a way from being circumstance controlled. Releasing the Holy Spirit by faith to be our joy is experiencing Him in us, there is no escape from thankfulness and saying thank you Lord for all things!
Attitudes of Walking in the Holy Spirit; Worshiping God
1. Assume the position of authority with confidence (I John 5:14). Stay in a position of authority regardless of how you feel. Yielding to feelings of fear, hurt, anger, jealousy or judgment causes double-mindedness. Practice saying ‘no’ to those feelings when they appear.
2. Live every day in a tight compartment. Every day is a new day filled with opportunities. Apply Isaiah 43:18 to your life until it becomes permanent. “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.” Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is not here. Do not discuss past regrets or fear of the future.
3. Choose an attitude of praise and thanksgiving for the day. Start your day saying, “This is the day You have given to me. I will rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24).
4. Tithe cheerfully (II Corinthians 9:7). Paul was not interested in the people’s money. He was stating a ‘true worshipper’ statement. Cheerful means hilarious. Regular tithing is an act that gives confidence in life, it can’t be explained. The open window position is the true worshipper position.
5. Worshiping God is learning to live in faith (Romans 1:17, Colossians 3:17). We have access to the invisible world where everything is already accomplished when we operate in faith. According to the eternal purpose in Christ, we have the manifested wisdom of God in whom we have boldness and access with confidence…how? By faith in Christ (Ephesians 3:10-12).
Now is the time to discover living everyday to God’s glory by choosing an attitude of joy, faith and peace when responding to people, events and situations. This is worship to the Lord. The now in life is having the confidence to say, “I am a true worshipper. Everything I do is worship to the Lord. Every day is the day God has given to me.” Becoming a true worshiper opens the door of blessings in our lives and takes our relationship with God to another level.